Bath Film Festival, 25 November – 8 December 2013

Four days in, the Bath Film Festival still has a lot to offer with screenings of 50 films, 18 previews and a rich and diverse programme of genre strands including Burfield Creative Sci Fi, Bath School of Art & Design, Family Films, Gothic and Documentaries. The festival will also showcase two films from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) Official Selection. We provide an overview of highlights to look forward to across the coming days.

In conversation with Peter Swords King, chaired by Simon Relph (ex Director of BAFTA)
Sunday 1 Dec 6.30pm
Peter Swords King is the award-winning hair and make-up artist behind films such as King Kong, Nanny McPhee, The Lovely Bones and most recently The Hobbit. He won an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work on The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King, and has been nominated for his work on the first Hobbit film. He’ll be sharing stories about turning famous faces into dwarfs and elves, with film clips and a Q&A.

Festival Shorts including ASFF 2013 Official Selection
Sunday 1 Dec, 8.30pm
This is a collaborative programme of award-winning short films from around the country, including Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Cornwall Film Festival and ASFF. Oh Willy… directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels (Beast Animation) won ASFF’s Best Animation Award and the captivating drama Out Of Darkness directed by Manjinder Virk, (Mango Films) took home Best Category Award and was the overall Festival Winner.

The Curse of Frankenstein
Monday 2 Dec 9.30pm
Hammer House of Horror classic! This is the moment Hammer moved from black & white to colour. With both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A wonderful chance to see this restored wonder on a big screen.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax
Tuesday 3 Dec, 6.30pm
The Great Hip Hop Hoax follows the amazing true story of how an act originally branded as the “rapping Proclaimers” became the next big thing in Hip Hop by reinventing themselves as California homeboys Silibil n’ Brains. With Q&As from the Director, Jeanie Finlay.

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1. On set scene from the Lord of the Rings, courtesy of Bath Film Festival.